This month, Summer Miller is back, sharing her meal plans for April. Summer is a mom, a full-time food writer, and also helps test the fabulous recipes we bring you every week at Simply Recipes.
Each spring I tiptoe out to my garden to check the buds on our perennials and the blossoms on our apple trees, and to plant seeds for early-season vegetables. As an avid gardener, I want to spend these extra hours of daylight outside with my hands in the dirt.
My kids have cabin fever as well. By this time in the season their bike tires have been inflated, their jackets flung off, and they want to spend their afternoons in the crisp spring air.
Dinner for this week is all about quick, simple, and not overly fussy meals. Friday’s dish will take the most time, but hopefully the weather is warm and your time at the stove can be rewarded with dinner outside on the deck.
Pasta with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Brown Butter
Brown butter adds a nutty flavor to this spring this pasta and enhances the earthy note of mushrooms. Any kind of mushroom will work well in this dish, use a single variety or mix it up to create different textures and flavors.
Best Ever Tuna Salad Sandwich
Sandwiches are more than lunchtime fare, but if you want to dress it up feel free to use the tuna salad to fill crunchy leaves of romaine. Serve with Sweet Potato Wedges on the side.
Flank Steak with Orange and Avocado Salsa
Enjoy the bright sweetness of citrus with the robust flavors of steak in this fast and simple weeknight taco recipe. Watching carbs? No worries, ditch the tortilla and enjoy it as a salad. Either way, you win!
Baked Chicken Parmesan
Panko breadcrumbs provide the light crunch coating on these chicken cutlets. Pair it with a kale salad for a complete and wholesome meal.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Orange Marmalade Glaze
Clean off your grill and make this easy pork tenderloin to celebrate the weekend! This Lentil Salad with Arugula would go nicely alongside.